“56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 18





“56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021 ON CBS

The 2020 Awards Show Will Air Live from Nashville

Wednesday, Sept. 16 on CBS, as Previously Announced

CBS, Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ will be broadcast LIVE, Sunday, April 18, 2021 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will stream live and on demand on CBS All Access. The 56TH ACM AWARDS®, dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced.

Additional details about 56th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, including the ACM AWARDS host and performers, location, ticket on-sale dates, hotel information and more will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

As previously announced, the 55TH ACM AWARDS were postponed due to COVID-19, and will take place in Nashville for the first time in the show’s history, broadcasting from three iconic country music venues, including the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Hosted by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, the 55TH ACM AWARDS will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream on demand and on CBS All Access.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards™

The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Amy Thurlow are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.



Get Ready for the Hottest Night of Country Music When ‘CMA Best of Fest’ Airs Monday, July 13





Get Ready for the Hottest Night of Country Music When ‘CMA Best of Fest’ Airs Monday, July 13, on ABC
GET READY FOR THE HOTTEST NIGHT OF COUNTRY MUSIC WHEN

‘CMA BEST OF FEST’ AIRS MONDAY, JULY 13, ON ABC

Hosted by Country Music Superstar Luke Bryan, ‘CMA Best of Fest’ Brings Country Music Fans Three Hours of the Most Memorable ‘CMA Fest’ Performances Over the Years

Calling all country music fans! The Country Music Association and ABC are set to host the hottest country music event of the summer when “CMA Best of Fest” features a retrospective of more than 25 unforgettable performances from the past 16 years of CMA Fest in Nashville.

This three-hour concert experience, airing MONDAY, JULY 13 (8:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC, is hosted by country music superstar Luke Bryan and features a brand-new, not-to-be-missed performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker. Artists also appearing in the special include Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Lzzy Hale, Sam Hunt, Joan Jett, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with special appearances by Bobby Bones, Jim Gaffigan, Kirk Herbstreit, Peyton Manning, Lionel Richie, Rob Riggle, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan and Rita Wilson.

“CMA Best of Fest” celebrates the legacy of “CMA Fest,” the world’s longest-running Country Music festival taking place in Nashville annually since 1972, which was postponed this year due to safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will return to downtown Nashville June 10-13, 2021.

“CMA Best of Fest” is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

About the Country Music Association

Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,700 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties air on The ABC Television network.

About ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in prime-time television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things” and “Station 19”; trailblazing comedy favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs” and “mixed-ish”; the popular “Summer Fun & Games” programming block, including “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley,” “Match Game,” “Press Your Luck” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as the critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning special ”Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”

ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.

*COPYRIGHT ©2020 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All photography is copyrighted material and is for editorial use only. Images are not to be archived, altered, duplicated, resold, retransmitted or used for any other purposes without written permission of ABC. Images are distributed to the press in order to publicize current programming. Any other usage must be licensed. Photos posted for Web use must be at the low resolution of 72dpi, no larger than 2×3 in size.



iHeartMedia Announces “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” Televised on The CW Network





iHeartMedia Announces “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” Televised on The CW Network Featuring Country Music’s Biggest Artists

Hosted by Bobby Bones, the backyard music celebration will feature performances

from Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion on July 3

June 23, 2020 (New York, NY) – To celebrate Independence Day, iHeartMedia today announced its all-new television and radio special, “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” and featuring country music artists Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion performing live from the backyards of their homes. Hosted by Bobby Bones, the celebration invites Americans to tune-in for of an evening of music and storytelling.

The “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” will be broadcast as a television event on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. EST/PST (7 p.m. CST) on The CW Network and ​audio broadcast on iHeartCountry stations nationwide and will replay throughout the holiday weekend on CWTV.com and on iHeartCountry stations across America.

Executive producers for “iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” are John Sykes and Tom Poleman for iHeartMedia and Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet Productions.

About IHEARTMEDIA

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About The CW

THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, broadcasts a six-night, 12-hour primetime lineup, Sunday through Friday. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block, and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network, CW Seed, launched in 2013, and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.



NBC TO AIR ‘GLOBAL GOAL: UNITE FOR OUR FUTURE – THE CONCERT’ ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27





NBC TO AIR ‘GLOBAL GOAL: UNITE FOR OUR FUTURE – THE CONCERT’ ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27 AT 8 P.M. ET/PT

“Titan Games” Executive Producer Dwayne Johnson to Host the Two-Hour Telecast That Will Help Combat the Disproportionate Impact COVID-19 Has on Marginalized Communities

Performances by Shakira, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and Quavo, Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Yemi Alade, Christine and the Queens and More

Appearances From Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, David Beckham, Salma Hayek Pinault, Diane Kruger, Billy Porter, Antoni Porowski, Ken Jeong, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Olivia Colman

NEW YORK – June 22, 2020 – Hosted by Dwayne Johnson of “The Titan Games,” NBC will air the two-hour special “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert” on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The telecast, from Global Citizen and the European Commission, will highlight the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities, including people of color, those living in extreme poverty and others facing discrimination.

The concert will feature performances from Chloe x Halle, Christine and the Queens, Coldplay, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and Quavo, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Usher and Yemi Alade. Those making appearances include Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, David Beckham, Diane Kruger, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Ken Jeong, Kerry Washington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olivia Colman, Salma Hayek Pinault and more.

“Global Citizens around the world are calling for systemic change, change that brings about justice for everyone, everywhere, regardless of where they were born or the color of their skin. If we are to end COVID-19 for all, we need our world leaders to commit the billions of dollars needed to equitably deliver testing, treatments and vaccines,” said Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Citizen. “‘Global Goal: Unite For Our Future — The Concert’ will bring the centuries-old concept of music as a motivator for change and unity, together with science and data, to honor the problem solvers – including doctors, scientists, lab workers, essential workers and human rights advocates – who are racing to not only create the cure for COVID-19, but also to ensure that it’s available for everyone who needs it.”

Companies including Citi, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Verizon and Vodafone have also joined the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign. These companies are making new financial pledges to end COVID-19 for all, including support for the development and equitable distribution of tests, treatments and vaccines.

The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign was launched last month under the patronage of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The campaign, also supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, focuses on addressing the pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable and seeks to build back communities and economies with freedom and justice for all.

“Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert” will air on broadcasters across the globe, including NBC News NOW, ARD, Canal+ Group, RTVE in Europe, Bell Media, CBC, Citytv, and Global TV, in Canada, NBC and iHeartMedia in the U.S., Grupo Globo in Brazil, MultiChoice Group and SABC in Africa, Fuji TV and Star India in Asia, and Channel Nine in Australia. The concert will also be streamed on global platforms including Apple, Brut, Roku, Insight TV, TIDAL, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo! and YouTube. Additional broadcasters include BARÇA TV, Bloomberg Television, Fundación Azteca, Mediacorp, MSNBC, MTV, SiriusXM, Sony Channel Latin America and Turner Latin America. “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert” will be produced by Hamish Hamilton and Done + Dusted.

For more information about Global Citizen and the campaign to support COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, please visit globalcitizen.org and follow @GlblCtzn Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen. Visit http://globalgoalunite.orgto learn more about Global Goal: Unite for Our Future.



‘CMA Best of Fest’ Airs Monday, July 13





Get Ready for the Hottest Night of Country Music When ‘CMA Best of Fest’ Airs Monday, July 13, on ABC
June 19, 2020

GET READY FOR THE HOTTEST NIGHT OF COUNTRY MUSIC WHEN ‘CMA BEST OF FEST’ AIRS MONDAY, JULY 13, ON ABC

Hosted by Country Music Superstar Luke Bryan, ‘CMA Best of Fest’ Brings Country Music Fans Three Hours of the Most Memorable ‘CMA Fest’ Performances Over the Years

Calling all country music fans! The Country Music Association and ABC are set to host the hottest country music event of the summer when “CMA Best of Fest” features a retrospective of more than 25 unforgettable performances from the past 16 years of CMA Fest in Nashville.

This three-hour concert experience, airing MONDAY, JULY 13 (8:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC, is hosted by country music superstar Luke Bryan and features a brand-new, not-to-be-missed performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker. Artists also appearing in the special include Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Lzzy Hale, Sam Hunt, Joan Jett, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with special appearances by Bobby Bones, Jim Gaffigan, Kirk Herbstreit, Peyton Manning, Lionel Richie, Rob Riggle, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan and Rita Wilson.

“CMA Best of Fest” celebrates the legacy of “CMA Fest,” the world’s longest-running Country Music festival taking place in Nashville annually since 1972, which was postponed this year due to safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will return to downtown Nashville June 10-13, 2021.

“CMA Best of Fest” is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

About the Country Music Association

Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,700 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties air on The ABC Television network.

About ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in prime-time television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things” and “Station 19”; trailblazing comedy favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs” and “mixed-ish”; the popular “Summer Fun & Games” programming block, including “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley,” “Match Game,” “Press Your Luck” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as the critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning special ”Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”

ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.

*COPYRIGHT ©2020 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All photography is copyrighted material and is for editorial use only. Images are not to be archived, altered, duplicated, resold, retransmitted or used for any other purposes without written permission of ABC. Images are distributed to the press in order to publicize current programming. Any other usage must be licensed. Photos posted for Web use must be at the low resolution of 72dpi, no larger than 2×3 in size.



SHOWTIME, LENA WAITHE AND COMMON TO PRESENT VIRTUAL CONCERT THE CHI WITH LOVE





SHOWTIME, LENA WAITHE AND COMMON TO PRESENT VIRTUAL CONCERT THE CHI WITH LOVE RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR THE EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE

Musical Event Streaming Sunday, June 21

Will Feature Chicago-Based Artists

and a Headlining Performance by Oscar® and Grammy® Award Winner Common

SHOWTIME To Donate $500,000 on Behalf of THE CHI

NEW YORK – June 16, 2020 – SHOWTIME today announced a virtual concert dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Equal Justice Initiative, along with a $500,000 donation by the network and ViacomCBS on behalf of its drama series THE CHI. The one-hour special will feature an appearance by Lena Waithe (creator and executive producer of THE CHI) and a headlining performance by Oscar® and Grammy® Award winner Common (executive producer of THE CHI), along with notable Chicago-based artists and series cast members. The event will transform each artist’s “from home” performance into a unique concert experience. THE CHI WITH LOVE will air on the series’ YouTube page on Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, ahead of the drama’s on-air season premiere that evening at 9 p.m. ET.

“In this moment and always, SHOWTIME has a responsibility to support the change our country so sorely needs,” said Michael Engelman, Chief Marketing Officer, Showtime Networks, Inc. “We’re proud to stand with Lena and Common as storytellers and as activists as we present an evening of music, joy and reflection. Inspired by all the artists involved, it’s our hope that THE CHI WITH LOVE will be just one of many catalysts designed to inspire togetherness and action.”

“THE CHI has always been a show about celebrating black life and black love even in the midst of tragedy,” said Waithe. “Now is a time for us to uplift black artists. This virtual concert not only celebrates black music, but it celebrates the beautiful black people of Chicago. This is from us, with love.”

Performers confirmed for THE CHI WITH LOVE include Common, THE CHI star Jacob Latimore and hometown favorites Twista, Ravyn Lenae, Jamila Woods, BJ The Chicago Kid and MFnMelo.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI also seeks to change the narrative about race in America and believes that to overcome racial inequality and reform our criminal justice system, we must confront our history. To donate to the Equal Justice Initiative, please go to: https://support.eji.org/give/153413/#!/donation/checkout.

SHOWTIME will also release the season three premiere of THE CHI early for free online sampling, on streaming platforms and on demand. The premiere episode will be available on Friday, June 19 at 12:01 a.m. ET for free on YouTube and SHO.com.

Produced entirely in its namesake city, season three of THE CHI finds a maturing Emmett (Jacob Latimore) trying to alter the way his mother Jada (Yolonda Ross) sees him, going from unmotivated teen to full-fledged businessman. But Jada has her sights set on her own next chapter. A fledgling Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is unsure of his life’s purpose but hoping it’s not too late to transform himself. Kevin (Alex Hibbert), Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) and their newlywed mothers Nina (Tyla Abercrumbie) and Dre (Miriam A. Hyman) undergo a seismic shift in their family. Jake (Michael V. Epps) finds himself in a tug-of-war between his estranged brother, Trig (Luke James), and his powerful new father-figure, Douda (Curtiss Cook), while Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) finds love in an unlikely place. Created and executive produced by Emmy® winner Lena Waithe, the hit drama series is also executive produced by Justin Hillian, Aaron Kaplan, Common, Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of Freedom Road Productions, Rick Famuyiwa and Jet Wilkinson. THE CHI is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.



Get Ready for the Hottest Night of Country Music When “CMA Best of Fest” Airs Thursday, July 9





Get Ready for the Hottest Night of Country Music When “CMA Best of Fest” Airs Thursday, July 9, on ABC
This three-hour concert experience is hosted by country music superstar Luke Bryan and features a brand-new, not-to-be-missed performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker.
[via press release from ABC]
GET READY FOR THE HOTTEST NIGHT OF COUNTRY MUSIC WHEN “CMA BEST OF FEST” AIRS THURSDAY, JULY 9, ON ABC

Hosted by Country Music Superstar Luke Bryan, ‘CMA Best of Fest’ Brings Country Music Fans Three Hours of the Most Memorable ‘CMA Fest’ Performances Over the Years

Calling all country music fans! The Country Music Association and ABC are set to host the hottest country music event of the summer when “CMA Best of Fest” features a retrospective of more than 25 unforgettable performances from the past 16 years of CMA Fest in Nashville.

This three-hour concert experience, airing THURSDAY, JULY 9 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC, is hosted by country music superstar Luke Bryan and features a brand-new, not-to-be-missed performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker. Artists also appearing in the special include Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Lzzy Hale, Sam Hunt, Joan Jett, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with special appearances by Bobby Bones, Jim Gaffigan, Kirk Herbstreit, Peyton Manning, Lionel Richie, Rob Riggle, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan and Rita Wilson.

“CMA Best of Fest” celebrates the legacy of “CMA Fest,” the world’s longest-running Country Music festival taking place in Nashville annually since 1972, which was postponed this year due to safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will return to downtown Nashville June 10-13, 2021.

“CMA Best of Fest” is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

About the Country Music Association

Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,700 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties air on The ABC Television network.

About ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” the longest-running medical drama in prime-time television; riveting dramas “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things” and “Station 19”; trailblazing comedy favorites “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “The Conners,” “The Goldbergs” and “mixed-ish”; the popular “Summer Fun & Games” programming block, including “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Holey Moley,” “Match Game,” “Press Your Luck” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank”; “The Bachelor” franchise; long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; as well as the critically acclaimed, Emmy(R) Award-winning special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.'”?The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars(R),” “The CMA Awards” and the “American Music Awards.” ? ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.



‘TODAY’ AND CITI KICK OFF THE 2020 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES WITH LADY ANTEBELLUM, FRIDAY, MAY 29





‘TODAY’ AND CITI KICK OFF THE 2020 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES WITH LADY ANTEBELLUM, FRIDAY, MAY 29

Headliners for the 2020 “Citi Music Series on TODAY” Include: Chance the Rapper, Ricky Martin, Freestyle Love Supreme and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andra Day, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alanis Morissette, Dixie Chicks, Chloe x Halle, Rascal Flatts and More

NEW YORK – May 28, 2020 – For the past 25 years, TODAY has brought the biggest names in music to morning TV. This summer, the beat goes on with a star-studded lineup of talented musicians and reimagined performances. The 2020 “Citi Music Series on TODAY” kicks off Friday, May 29 with a special performance from Lady Antebellum.

TODAY announcement: https://bit.ly/2XFfv4e

Throughout the summer, TODAY and Citi will feature creative virtual performances, in-depth interviews with artists, viewer surprises and expanded digital content. This summer’s bold-name roster includes Chance the Rapper, Ricky Martin, Freestyle Love Supreme and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andra Day, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alanis Morissette, Dixie Chicks, Chloe x Halle, Rascal Flatts and more.

Citi is the sponsor for the “Citi Music Series on TODAY.” The schedule-to-date for the 2020 summer series is listed below, and additional performances and interviews will be announced throughout the season. Until further notice, performances will be virtual with no live audience.

The “Citi Music Series on TODAY” Summer Lineup: https://on.today.com/3gCfnvh

Friday, May 29 – Lady Antebellum (#LadyAntebellumTODAY)

Monday, June 1 – Chance the Rapper (#ChancetheRapperTODAY)

Wednesday, June 3 – Ricky Martin (#RickyMartinTODAY)

Friday, June 5 – Freestyle Love Supreme and Lin-Manuel Miranda (#FreestyleLoveSupremeTODAY #LinManuelMirandaTODAY)

Friday, June 12 – Andra Day (#AndraDayTODAY)

Friday, July 3 – Kelly Clarkson (#KellyClarksonTODAY)

Friday, July 24 – Blake Shelton (#BlakeSheltonTODAY)

Friday, July 31 – Alanis Morissette (#AlanisMorissetteTODAY)

To Be Announced:

Dixie Chicks (#DixieChicksTODAY)

Chloe x Halle (#ChloeXHalleTODAY)

Rascal Flatts (#RascalFlattsTODAY)

Please check TODAY.com and TODAY’s social channels for updates. Performances and interviews will be featured on TODAY.com upon airing.



UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY® SALUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES TO BE BROADCAST SUNDAY, JUNE 21





“UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY® SALUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES,” HOSTED BY GRAMMY® AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER AND ACTOR HARRY CONNICK, JR., TO BE BROADCAST SUNDAY, JUNE 21

Special Appearances by Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt,

Oprah Winfrey and Renée Zellweger

Featuring Musical Performances by Jon Batiste, Harry Connick, Jr., Andra Day,

John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town,

Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Rockin Dopsie,

Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty

CBS and the Recording Academy® announced today a new two-hour special event UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY® SALUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES hosted by GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr., celebrating essential workers across America. The special will be broadcast Sunday, June 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The show features GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia Connick, as they take a road trip in an RV to thank and celebrate essential workers who risk their own lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Connick highlights the contributions of these everyday heroes with the help of his celebrity friends, including Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Renée Zellweger, who deliver surprise messages to America’s unsung heroes. Additionally, the special will feature performances by Jon Batiste, Harry Connick, Jr., Andra Day, John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Rockin Dopsie, Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty.

The Connicks’ journey begins at their home in Connecticut, and after stopping in various cities along the way, they reach their final destination of New Orleans, La. At each stop, the father-daughter duo listens to the stories of essential workers in healthcare, food preparation, sanitation, law enforcement, trucking and more to honor their dedication and public service during this unique moment in history.

The two-hour special event culminates in Connick’s hometown of New Orleans, with moving musical performances by Connick, Trombone Shorty and Irma Thomas at iconic locations throughout the city.

The special will invite donors to contribute to charities that support underserved children, such as No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund, a charitable organization of the Recording Academy.

UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES was filmed with a minimal crew practicing social distancing and with extensive safety precautions in place.

Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received GRAMMY and Emmy Awards, as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. Over the past three decades, Connick has established himself as a musician, singer and composer, a legendary live performer and a best-selling artist with millions of recordings sold around the world. The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of 5. Connick has appeared in 19 feature films with actors such as Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Renée Zellweger, Sigourney Weaver and Morgan Freeman. On television, he appeared on “Will & Grace,” “South Pacific” and “American Idol.” In 2016 he launched “Harry,” a national daytime television show which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations, including nominations for best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Talk Show. On Broadway, Connick received Tony nominations as both a lead actor in “The Pajama Game” and as a composer/lyricist for “Thou Shalt Not.” In December 2019, he performed on Broadway in a show he wrote and directed, “Harry Connick, Jr.- A Celebration of Cole Porter.”

UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES is produced by Renato Basile and Ann Marie Wilkins. Executive producers are Harry Connick, Jr. and Ken Ehrlich. Leon Knoles is the director. The show is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures in partnership with the Recording Academy.

RATING: To Be Announced




TODD TILGHMAN FROM MERIDIAN, MISS., NAMED SEASON 18 CHAMPION OF ‘THE VOICE’





TODD TILGHMAN FROM MERIDIAN, MISS., NAMED SEASON 18 CHAMPION OF ‘THE VOICE’ IN HISTORIC REMOTE LIVE SEASON FINALE

Pastor and Father of Eight Earned America’s Top Vote as a Member of Team Blake

Coach Blake Shelton Takes the “Voice” Crown for Seventh Time

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 19, 2020 — Todd Tilghman, a 42-year-old pastor and father of eight, was crowned the champion of “The Voice” tonight from his hometown in Meridian, Miss. The unforgettable season came to a close with Tilghman’s coach, Blake Shelton, earning his seventh “Voice” win from his home in Oklahoma. Shelton’s last win was five seasons ago.

For the first time ever, this season had five artists in the finale. Tilghman faced tough competition from the other Top 5 finalists – Thunderstorm Artis from Team Nick, CammWess from Team Legend, Team Blake teammate Toneisha Harris and Micah Iverson from Team Kelly.

This extraordinary season of “The Voice” concluded with 21 feeds of live video coming in from across the country and an impressive line-up of superstar artists, including uplifting finale performances by “Voice” coaches Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and Blake Shelton, who was joined by Gwen Stefani. Each coach performance was dedicated to a special organization that was personally chosen to support healthcare professionals, essential workers and those most in need. Microsoft – a key technology partner for the remote shows – generously donated to each coach’s chosen cause to continue the good work and allow communities to stay strong during this time.

Jonas performed “Until We Meet Again,” an original song he wrote for the finale. “Until We Meet Again” is out now and available across all platforms: https://nickjonas.lnk.to/UntilWeMeetAgain. A portion of the proceeds from the song will be donated to Feeding America.

In tonight’s finale, each of the Top 5 finalists teamed up with their coach for a special duet performance. The duets are now available to stream or purchase on Apple Music and iTunes. Republic Records will be donating their proceeds of the songs to Feeding America.

A supergroup of “Voice” stars reunited tonight for a memorable rendition of “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend with the Top 9 artists from this season, current coaches Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and Blake Shelton, as well as former coaches CeeLo Green (seasons 1, 2, 3, 5) and Shakira (seasons 4, 6), and Team Blake’s Battle Advisor, Bebe Rexha. Rounding out the finale were special performances by Jonas Brothers with KAROL G, Bon Jovi and Lady Antebellum.

Tilghman opened the season with a remarkable four-chair-turn that had all of the coaches on their feet after his powerful interpretation of “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. His genre-defying sound, paired with his touching story about his life as a pastor and family man, quickly won over the coaches who fought to have him on their team. Tilghman ultimately went with Shelton to become the first member of Team Blake. As he moved through the competition, Tilghman continued to showcase his vocal prowess with “Ghost in This House” by Shenandoah in the Battle Round and a passionate performance of “Anymore” by Travis Tritt in the Knockout Round.

“The Voice” transitioned to remote live shows beginning with the Top 17, which allowed Tilghman to take viewers into his hometown, church and life in the house with eight children. He performed a raw rendition of “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera from his local church, which quickly convinced America to vote him through to the Top 9. With his family by his side, Tilghman gave an emotional performance of “Love, Me” by Collin Raye that earned him a spot in the finale. As part of the Top 5, Tilghman took viewers back to his church one final time for a moving and inspiring performance of “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe.

On Monday night Tilghman debuted his original single, “Long Way Home,” which was originally heard on NBC’s “Songland” and was written by Dustin Christensen (“The Voice” Season 9 artist), Ester Dean, Ryan Donald Innes (“The Voice” Season 4 artist), Adam Korbesmeyer, Shane McAnally, Ryan Tedder and Michael Wise. The song was produced by “Songland” producer-mentors Ester Dean (Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj) and Shane McAnally (three-time Grammy-winning songwriter and producer of Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Hunt with over 40 #1 country records and two-time ACM Songwriter of the Year). “Long Way Home” reached No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Chart and No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart.

On tonight’s finale Tilghman performed a special duet of “Authority Song” by John Mellencamp with Coach Blake Shelton, which reached No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.

Tilghman is the lead pastor at the church where he grew up and is married to his high school sweetheart. After having three children together, he and his wife decided to adopt. With help from friends and the community, they pieced together the money to bring home a new daughter. Less than a year later, the agency called saying their daughter’s sister also needed a home. After an anonymous donation, the Tilghmans were able to adopt her as well and now have eight children together. While Tilghman has always loved singing, he has spent his life focused on serving other people and came to “The Voice” to finally do something for himself and his family.

As champion of “The Voice,” Tilghman has earned the grand prize of a recording contract.

This season “The Voice” is averaging a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, with the current cycle’s premiere growing to a 3.8 in 18-49 and 15.2 million viewers with digital and linear delayed viewing to date. “The Voice” is a top-15 primetime entertainment show this season in both 18-49 and total viewers, and is the #2 most-watched alternative series on television. It’s also a powerful presence on social platforms – season to date through the end of the first quarter, “The Voice” has accumulated the #1 most content responses across the “big four” social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) among all broadcast alternative series (21.3 million, Source: ListenFirst Media, LF // TV UNIVERSE // EPISODIC, 9/23/19-3/31/20, Content Responses, Brand Type: TV Shows, Broadcast, Primetime, Reality).

“The Voice” is a presentation of MGM Television, Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and ITV Studios The Voice USA, Inc. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Adam H. Sher.

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